Oscar Speeches: Soderbergh, Best Director, Traffic (2000)

Soderbergh, who was surprised to win the Best Director Oscar for Traffic, said: “Certainly, none of us anticipated what would happen to Traffic, because it was a difficult movie to set up, and one that we were told rime and time again, that it had no commercial appeal.”

Traffic was nominated for Best Picture, and won Best Director and Best Supporting Actor for Benicio Del Toro.

In the same year, Soderbergh was also nominated for Best Director for Erin Brockovich, starring Julia Roberts.

Commercially, the movie crossed the 100 million magic mark in the U.S. box office.